Liberal Democrats will take back control from criminal gangs, take ‘skunk’ off the streets, and protect young people by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis.
The Lib Dems have unveiled a manifesto commitment to bring the sale of cannabis under a system of strict legal regulation.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Cambridge and former Home Affairs Select Committee member Julian Huppert said:
“Cannabis is freely available and widely used. It generates significant health problems and vast profits for organised crime.
“The current approach is a disaster for young people, whose mental and physical health is being harmed by an increasingly potent product. There are no age checks, and no controls on quality or strength. ‘Skunk’ is widespread and the only ID you need to buy it is a £20 note.
“Successive governments have ceded total control of a significant public health problem to organised crime.
“The honest and pragmatic response is to take responsibility for this situation and regulate the market.
“Liberal Democrats will take back control from the criminal gangs and protect young people by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis.
“We will restrict the market to over-18s. We will make cannabis safer by limiting THC content and requiring all products to contain CBD, which has been bred out of ‘skunk’ and counteracts the harmful effects of THC. And we will invest tax revenues of up to £1bn in education and treatment.”
Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Bolsover Ross Shipman said: “I know first hand what an illegal cannabis market means for the UK. I have been a part of it in the past and the only people who win in that sort of system are the criminal gangs at the top making large sums of money.”
“We know prohibition doesn’t work; it didn’t 100 years ago and it is not working now. This is a failed war on drugs which Labour and the Conservatives seem happy to not address.”
“If you speak to users; they will tell you that they will continue to smoke it whether it is legal or not. When faced with this dilemma, you have to come forward with a strong and progressive policy like having a regulated and legalised Cannabis market which will generate additional funds in tax revenue for public services such as the NHS, Police and Fire Service.”
“Cannabis addiction must be treated as a Health issue rather than a criminal one and Liberal Democrats are the only major party to have the conviction to put this sort of policy in our Manifesto.”